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A few flaws
on 7 July 2012
I had to return mine after two months I realised my centre speaker never worked, not even in movies in full 5.1 surround sound sources. I phoned Sony but their customer support is so bad, how am I supposed to take everything to a repair shop to get it looked at, at my expense, at least Cu*rys and C*met send an engineer out to your house. So phoned Amazon who replaced it but I returned that replacement for a refund due to Sony's customer support and other issues and got a Panasonic BTT590.
However, the sound on this system is very good, it's clear at full volume and the subwoofer does vibrate your room when explosions are heard/seen in films. The wires for the rear speakers are quite long, 10 metres I think, so you could take both wires around one side of your house instead of taking each wire individually across opposite walls of the room.
The few flaws of this system let it down, the display is impossible to see from sitting view, the system menus are rather slow compared to the PS3 XMB and you're not afraid to go to full volume. Few times the system would neglect to turn on when my TV was turned on and or it would crash when turning off.
The sound quality is very good but the options to alter sound settings are extremely limited, you can only change the decibel of each speaker and that's it.
Overall, its a great system for video and audio but the slow and clunky software lets it down along with the system display viewing angles.
Loses two stars for the 250W sub not being as powerful as you'd expect, the Panasonic BTT490/590 200W subs outperform the Sony's 250W, lack of sound options and annoying display angle. If you don't have a Sony TV and or don't mind not having a "all Sony" set up then I would go for the Panasonic BTT490/590, they're louder, a lot more options for sound and just better in every way except for the online functionality.